SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Over 200 guests had a party at Pig Gig V, a food and musical celebration held at the Italian American Club in Scotch Plains on Sunday, Nov. 10, to raise more than $13,000 and to heighten awareness of Fibrolamellar Cancer.

The event was founded by Scotch Plains-based musician Glenn Alexander, who has performed across the globe with Southside Johnny's Asbury Jukes. In 2011, Glenn's nephew, Jay Alexander, died at age 20 of the rare form of cancer. Out of that tragedy, the Pig Gig was born.

Pig Gig V outperformed the previous fundraisers in terms of attendance and dollars raised. The effort reached new levels this year, thanks to Scotch Plains Police Lt. Al Sellinger, who helped enlist sponsors and spread the word about the event. 

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Sponsors of the event include Mountain Deli, Craig R. Stock Landscape DesignBill's Ineffable Automotive RehabilitationRoosterspinWestfield Living magazine, Scotch Plains Fanwood UNICONJArts.netJohn's Meat MarketCustom Construction, Swine Time/Green Village Packing Co.Neil McNulty/RBC Wealth ManagementOld Mill Tavern (Chester, NJ) and Reiner Borgmeyer. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.